In this second week of David Loy’s retreat, he discusses how we can understand the parallels between personal and collective dukkha. By examining the ways that we construct an individual “I” that is separate from those around us, he explains how modern civilizations have separated themselves from the biosphere.

He offers a history of where this distinction between ‘construction’ and nature began, tracing it back to the ancient Greeks, and suggests this may be an origin for a very important aspect of modern dukkha, which is characterized by an anxiety that grows out of a sense of not knowing one’s place or role in this world.

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